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Speech and silence, a few thoughts. 1/x

Rebbe Nachman: Likutei Mahran Chapter 52:

"It is essential to make time every day to seclude oneself and talk openly to God. Speech has great power to awaken a person spiritually..... +
If he expressed himself with many words of spiritual awakening, entreaties and prayer, this speech itself will bring revelation and an awakening of his soul. Mediation should consist of conversation with God. One should pour out his thoughts before his Creator. +
This can include complaints and excuses, or words seeking grace, acceptance and reconciliation. There will be many times when one will find it impossible to say anything. His mouth willl be sealed, and he will not be able to find any words to say. +
Nevertheless, the very fact that he has made the effort and has prepared himself to converse with God is in itself very beneficial. Actually, one can make a conversation and prayer out of this itself. He should cry out to God that he cannot even speak. (Rebbe Nachman)
Annie Dillard, Teaching A Stone To Talk:

At a certain point you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the world, Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself and wait, listening. After a time you hear it: there is nothing there. +
There is nothing but those things only, those created objects discrete, growing or holding, or swaying, being rained on or raining, held, flooding or ebbing, standing or spread. You feel the world’s word as a tension, a hum, a single chorused note everywhere the same. +
This is it: this hum is the silence. The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega. It is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blended note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. +
You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing. (Annie Dillard).
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